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D.C. United, MLS news & notes

*Real Salt Lake surrendered a two-goal lead in regulation, scored a late equalizer in overtime and then prevailed on penalty kicks against the San Jose Earthquakes to advance to the second phase of U.S. Open Cup qualifying. RSL will play at D.C. United or Dallas next month.

*Will 2007 MLS most valuable player Luciano Emilio return to the league after spending a few months playing in his native Brazil? The international transfer window closes today. If he reaches a contract deal with MLS, United would have the right of first refusal and almost surely trade his rights.

*Toronto FC failed to make the playoffs its first three seasons, and after a poor start this year, the club is in danger of losing support. TFC (0-2) will play its home opener tonight against the Philadelphia Union (1-1) at BMO Field (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2), which now offers a natural grass surface.

*After weeks of delays, United was finally able to formally name rookie defender Jordan Graye (DeMatha High, University of North Carolina) to the first-team roster.

*For Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium, additional personnel will assist with traffic flow and parking but the number of spaces available in Lot 8 has not changed since the home opener two weeks ago. The process of repairing the area will not be completed for another month or two, which could pose problems May 26, when a large turnout is expected for the AC Milan friendly. Stadium officials also say they have fixed an electrical problem that left the primary lot in the dark after the first match. And if the subway is your mode of transportation this weekend, plan accordingly.

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By Steve Goff  |  April 15, 2010; 8:36 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United , MLS , U.S. Open Cup  | Tags: AC Milan, BMO Field, D.C. United, Luciano Emilio, Philadelphia Union, Real Salt Lake, San Jose Earthquakes, Soccer, Toronto FC  
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Excited for grass at BMO.

Still questioning MLS' rule that Canadian teams need to count Canadian players as domestic players instead of Canadian and American players counting as "Domestic" for the league that is the Division 1 league for both nations...

Posted by: VirginiaBlueBlood | April 15, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Who isn't excited about Canadian grass?

Posted by: DadRyan | April 15, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

The Toronto article is interesting. I think the most telling part is near the end where they talk about how good MLSE is at marketing and making money despite how terrible their teams perform. The Leafs ought to be one of the elite teams in the NHL. They must have more money than almost any other team. Yet they continually finish near the bottom of the league. They seem to suffer from really poor management.

Of course these days our team is suffering from some pretty poor management too.

Posted by: fedssocr | April 15, 2010 9:01 AM | Report abuse

Is also run by the USSF?

Posted by: Reignking | April 15, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

I can tell you for fact that Toronto's support in Charleston was much smaller this year than last. It still surprises me anyone was there at all, a credit to their fans, but there were fewer of them.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | April 15, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Looks like I'll be biking to RFK on Saturday.

Posted by: EdTheRed | April 15, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

A stadium? We don't even have a frikkin parking lot . . . .

Posted by: OWNTF | April 15, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

""But after three seasons of failing to make the playoffs — three seasons during which TFC teams had less chance of launching a successful attack than John Cleese with a banana ""

Ha ha, what great skit that was . .

Posted by: delantero | April 15, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

Truth is, of course, that in that skit, John Cleese was teaching his pupils to DEFEND against banana attacks, not launch them.


Posted by: VercengetorixII | April 15, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Air traffic being shut down all over England and Europe because of volcanic ash from Iceland. Interesting.

Oh, I guess it cause a problem for matches this weekend (just to connect it to the theme at hand).

Posted by: Reignking | April 15, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

It was a funny skit, but John Cleese was not the one doing the attacking with the banana. He was the instructor, showing how to defend yourself if attacked by someone who is armed with a banana.

Posted by: fischy | April 15, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

I forgot to self-identify as a nerd.

Posted by: fischy | April 15, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

@RK -- I doubt matches will be affected. May be in Russia. In the UK and Western Europe, distances are small, and trains are fast. Few teams ever get on a plane, except when they're in European competition...or when they're on tour in the USA.

Posted by: fischy | April 15, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

"For Saturday's match against the Chicago Fire at RFK Stadium, additional personnel will assist with traffic flow and parking but the number of spaces available in Lot 8 has not changed since the home opener two weeks ago."


Doesn't this assume that people are actually going?

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | April 15, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Nice double entendre there, DadRyan.

Posted by: WorldCup | April 15, 2010 11:18 AM | Report abuse

I don't know
I don't know
I don't know IF I'm a gonna go
When the Volcano blow

I sure hope it's clear by Wednesday when we are scheduled to fly over for United v. Spurs. What better way to spend your 28th anniversary?

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | April 15, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

fischy: booooo stop trying to make a rational argument!

Actually, I didn't care about the effect on soccer, just thought it was interesting ;)

However, the compromised air quality will help the older players that chains smoke.

Ashley Cole would do well, if healthy.

Posted by: Reignking | April 15, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

@RK -- I gotcha. I was actually wondering something similar on Sunday, when the smoke from the fire at Eastern High School drifted over the RFK training grounds during the reserve game.

Posted by: fischy | April 15, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

GM Mo Johnston never made a footprint in management and FC Toronto is paying the price for not doing its homework. As for thr RFK picture, a dysfunctional management.

Posted by: juke2 | April 15, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

de Guzman is sick, too.

Posted by: Reignking | April 15, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@Reignking -
Don't know about all the matches, but the ash has crushed my dream football vacation across Europe. I was to leave tonight and was planning on 4 matches over the next week - now, I'm lucky to get there by Tuesday!

All from an crummy little island that almost nobody can find floating around the North Atlantic!

Posted by: harkes4ever | April 15, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

:( That's awful. I'm sure you were planning on that for a while.

Posted by: Reignking | April 15, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

harkes4ever, that blows!!! I have taken to buying travel insurance (usually 100 bones or so) for big, dream trips. I certainly think this act of god/mother nature would qualify. Anyways, at least you'll still get some games in and beer, good, cold, frothy, high alcohol, tasty beer from the Old Country.

Posted by: delantero | April 15, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

Thanks everyone. British Airways is going to get me there next Tuesday (blackandredredevil, I think you'll be ok) so I should be able to get in 2 of the games, the Fulham match in Hamburg and then Arsenal - Man City on Saturday.

And plenty of beer! It's so good in the old country, you don't even have to eat!

Posted by: harkes4ever | April 15, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

This is coming from the friend of a friend but...........don't expect to see Bryan Namoff anytime soon. He is apparently not even close to being ready yet.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | April 15, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Bedoya goal today.

Posted by: Reignking | April 15, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

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